Shoujo Kakumei Utena
Tenshi Souzou Sunawachi Hikari
Copyright: © 1998 King Record Co., Ltd
Vocal Tracks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11
This CD contains a variety of battle duel vocals performed by the Tokyo Konsei Gasshodan. For avid Utena fans, this will be another CD for their collections. However, for serious music lovers especially those who have a strong musical ear, this CD will not become a major favourite due to weaknesses in the choral group. While the melodies and instrumental (synth) aspects are fine, the chorus is decidedly flat. This is a common problem for a capella choral renditions (the longer one sings a capella the more likely one is to lose pitch - specifically by going flat), however there is accompanying instrumental which suggest that this may not be the case. (whether they were recorded together as a group is unknown).
Melodies from this CD that are also heard in the TV series include the pre-battle song "Zettai Unmei Mokushiroku" from the end of the TV series as well as "Missing Link" (heard in ep. 39) which is not available on other CDs. It is worth noting that the rendition in the TV episodes was also flat, like this CD. However, the accompanying animation and dialogue may have masked this from some viewers. If you have a good musical ear, the first time you listen to this CD will be cause for major cringing. Especially offensive is track 3, which after repeated listenings is still cause for pain. Certain tracks become tolerable with repeated listening despite the lack of pitch. It's worth noting that except for "Missing Link", all of the melodies are available on other Utena soundtracks.
Otherwise, the melodies themselves have good energy and makes for fun listening or good background music which will on occasion catch the listener's attention. Also, as a choral CD, if you enjoy singing, one may become tempted to sing along in certain medlies although certain songs are vocally challenging. For those with karaoke systems, there is only one karaoke track on the CD. Also noteworthy, is that this CD has a very similar style and little true variation in tempo. While this does make for a fun listen, it also means that there aren't any truly more exciting or sedate melodies. Things start to blend into one another after awhile.
For those who enjoy vocals and are not particular about musical acumen, or for those who are avid collectors, this will make an okay addition to one's collection if only for the melodies. However, people with a strong musical ear will find the lack of pitch decidedly painful. - JYN, 2001.11.06
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